The housing restrictions on birds to assist stop chook flu are set to finish.
The housing measures, which have been launched throughout Nice Britain in December, have been an important instrument in defending flocks throughout the nation from the illness which is circulating in wild birds.
Measures put in place have been profitable in serving to to include the illness and, offered that there are not any new important circumstances between now and the top of March, the present measures are because of be relaxed.
The final confirmed case in poultry in Nice Britain was over a month in the past on February 12 in Scotland.
Whereas the chance of chook flu has been diminished to ‘medium’, the chance of outbreaks is more likely to persist for a number of weeks.
Because of this, enhanced biosecurity necessities that have been introduced in as a part of the Avian Influenza Safety Zone (AIPZ) on November 11 will stay in place.
Good biosecurity is the best measure of illness management obtainable.
Whereas it’s important to make sure efficient biosecurity when there’s an elevated danger of chook flu, it’s suggested that poultry keepers apply enhanced biosecurity measures always to forestall and mitigate future outbreaks.
Chicken keepers are suggested to make use of the following two weeks to arrange the ranges and outside areas for launch of the birds.
This can embody cleaning and disinfection of exhausting surfaces, fencing off ponds or standing water and reintroduction of untamed chook deterrents.
As well as, when the birds are allowed out on the finish of March all poultry and captive chook keepers might want to maintain taking further precautions, reminiscent of cleansing and disinfecting tools, clothes and automobiles, limiting entry to non-essential folks on their websites, and staff altering clothes and footwear earlier than getting into chook enclosures.
Public well being recommendation is that the chance to human well being from the H5N8 virus pressure is low and from the H5N2, H5N5 and H5N1 virus strains may be very low. Meals requirements our bodies advise that avian influenza poses a really low meals security danger for UK shoppers, and it doesn’t have an effect on the consumption of poultry merchandise together with eggs.
In a joint assertion Nice Britain’s three Chief Veterinary Officers mentioned:
“This might be welcome information for poultry keepers throughout the nation who’ve put nice effort into holding their flocks protected this winter.
“Now we have taken swift motion to include and eradicate this illness and all chook keepers – whether or not they have only a few birds or 1000’s – should proceed do their bit to keep up strict biosecurity measures on their premises in order that we don’t lose the progress that we now have revamped the previous few months as Low danger doesn’t imply No Danger.”
Poultry and captive chook keepers are suggested to be vigilant for any indicators of illness of their birds and any wild birds, and search immediate recommendation from their vet if they’ve any considerations. They will help stop avian flu by sustaining good biosecurity on their premises, together with:
• Fencing off ponds, streams, boggy areas or standing water and draining them the place doable
• Netting or overlaying ponds
• Eradicating any wild chook feed sources
• Deterring wild birds by recurrently strolling by means of the realm or through the use of predator decoys
• Cleaning and disinfecting concrete or different permeable areas
• Placing down wooden shavings in moist areas
• Restrict the quantity of people that come onto the positioning
• Use disinfectant foot dips when getting into and exiting enclosures or homes
Poultry and captive chook keepers and members of the general public ought to proceed to report useless wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 (choice 7), and keepers ought to report suspicion of illness to APHA on 03000 200 301 and in Wales 0300 3038268.
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